How Spring Cleaning Can Help You Survive Hay-Fever

Spring is beautiful, but it’s also a key time of the year for seasonal allergies. As plants release pollen, millions of Australians with hay fever start to sniffle and sneeze. This may seem normal, but the National Asthma Council Australia warns a runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing and breathing difficulties in spring can be far more serious. While there may be no real cure for springtime allergies, medication and household habits like spring cleaning can help.

Causes

The number one spring allergy trigger is pollen. Your immune system sees pollen as a danger, so releases antibodies to attack the allergens. This leads to histamines entering your blood, triggering your runny nose, watery eyes and other symptoms.

Diagnosis

A visit to your regular doctor may help. They will probably tell you to take antihistamines. If that doesn’t help, you may need to go to an allergist for tests to discover what you’re allergic to.

Survival Tips for Sufferers

Apart from taking antihistamines, avoiding pollen as much as possible is the best solution:

• Stay indoors when the pollen count is very high. The counts usually peak in the mornings.

• Keep your doors and windows closed during the spring months to keep allergens out. An air purifier may also help.

• Change your clothes and wash your hair after going outside, because the allergen can collect there.

• Vacuum twice a week. Wear a mask, because vacuuming can kick up pollen (and mould and dust) trapped in your carpet.

• Clean the air filters in your home regularly. Clean bookshelves, vents, and other places where pollen can collect.

Kristine Whorlow, CEO of the National Asthma Council Australia, says that spring cleaning can also help reduce exposure to allergen triggers.

However, a proper spring clean can be strenuous and difficult, so getting expert help is a great idea. Most spring cleaning experts provide a complete sterilized cleaning service that removes collected dirt, germs and dust on every surface of your living space. They deliver a fresh, clean, beautiful home much quicker than you could do it yourself.

When you’re looking to hire, don’t just check that the company uses state-of-the-art machinery to clean your house: ensure that the procedures and products they use are time-tested, verified and harmless.

If you suffer from hay fever, you will get extra benefit from regular cleans – choose a weekly, fortnightly or monthly spring cleaning service to keep pollen from settling and building up, triggering your allergies. When you hire a cleaning team, tell them you get hay fever and ensure they concentrate on leaving your carpet, windows and other surfaces free of dust and pollen.

At GSR Cleaning Services, we know how allergies and asthma can ruin one of the most pleasant times of the year. That’s why we pay attention to the procedures and products we use for spring cleaning – we’ll minimize your sniffling and sneezing with our expert service.

Contact us today for specialized spring cleaning and keep your family safe from hay fever.

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Kitchen Cabinets Cleaning Tips

Kitchen cabinets are the hotspot for germs, dirt and insects. There should absolutely be no compromise when it comes to maintaining a cabinet cleaning schedule. If you ever notice, in just a week’s time, your sparkling cabinet turns dull and greasy looking with all the fumes, the grease, food spills and not to mention, dirty hand marks the kids leave behind. So, if you want to protect your cabinets from being the dirtiest commodity in the kitchen, here are a few cleaning suggestions from GSR Cleaning.
Cleaning Kitchen

Choosing Cleaning Products

Regular cleaning can help reduce the build up on cabinets and doesn’t take much time to get done, as compared to doing it after months. When cleaning kitchen cabinets, you got to be careful of the type of material your cabinet is made of and the recommended cleaning chemicals for them. Painted surfaces, vinyl or metal can simply be cleaned with detergent and warm water. Be sure to rinse well with plain water and dry with a lint free cloth.

All purpose cleaners can generally be used on these surfaces. Read the label carefully before using any product on your cabinetry. Information is included for consumers regarding surfaces where a cleaner is safe and those it can damage. To be sure, always test the cleaner on an inconspicuous area before using on the entire cabinet. Rinse and dry to remove any residue.

If you’re sensitive to the strong chemicals from cleaning products and worry about your environment, then basic, house hold remedies can also be used to manage kitchen cabinet cleaning. One of the most common house-hold remedy is the use of white vinegar or lemon juice mixed with warm water for cleaning stubborn grease. Baking soda or club soda can be used to remove staining. Rinse with water and dry with a lint free cloth after cleaning.

Cleaning Wood Kitchen Cabinets

Spray cleaners that are made for wood furniture can be used on cabinets. Check to be sure the product you purchase is safe for your finish. Follow the directions carefully when using any cleaning product. It’s always a good idea to test a spot before using the cleaner, even if the can states that it’s good for your finish.

Some wood cleaners are flammable and are clearly mentioned in the label. When using these products, keep away from heat sources. Don’t smoke cigarettes and make sure the oven does not have any leaks and is not accidentally switched on. Any carelessness could ignite a spark causing a fire in the kitchen.

Cleaning wood cabinets can sometimes dull the finish. If this happens, you can restore the shine with furniture polish. Furniture wax can also be used to fix a dull finish. Some of these products will require buffing. It’s a good idea to polish wood cabinets regularly to preserve the wood and keep the shine.

Cleaning Hardware on Kitchen Cabinets

The hardware on your cabinets can get the same build up of grease and grime from foods. Remove the hardware before cleaning the cabinets. Clean the cabinets and then clean the hardware. When both have been cleaned, replace the handles on the cabinets and drawers. This will give your whole kitchen a lift.

The cleaner you should use for your hardware depends on the material. Cleaners and polishes are commercially available for every type of metal. Be sure the one you choose is suitable for your hardware. Using the wrong cleaner could damage the handles and cost you money in replacing them.

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